Elizabeth I Poetry

Elizabeth I was well-known for her literary skills and it was even rumoured that she wrote some of William Shakespeare’s plays – a real conspiracy theory! Here are some of her famous poems:-

In Defiance of Fortune

In Defiance of Fortune
Never think you Fortúne can bear the sway Where virtue's...

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On Monsieur’s Departure

On Monsieur’s Departure
I grieve and dare not show my discontent, I love...

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The Doubt of Future Foes

The Doubt of Future Foes
The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy, And...

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Woodstock Verses

Woodstock Verses
Oh, Fortune! how thy restlesse wavering state Hath fraught with...

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Written in her French Psalter

Written in her French Psalter
No crooked leg, no bleared eye, No part deformed out...

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Written with a Diamond

Written with a Diamond
Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be, Quoth Elizabeth...

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